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Live very close to site. Visit several times each year. Beautiful grounds, often with seasonal themes. Birds and small animals often seen. Great time spent here. Great for couples or older children. more »
Lovely place to take a leisurely afternoon stroll among a variety of garden vignettes where butterflies abound. You will learn about the plants as well. more »
We found this after a visit to the zoo and decided to stop and see the gardens. We all loved it and will return. We were not sure with 3 kids under the age of 8 but they followed the trails, chased bu... more »
Neat little trail, but needs a lot of work. I remember coming here as a kid and it seems a bit run down since then.
Not a grand formal garden, but a well layed out walk through the woods with small surprises around each turn. Peaceful and lovely.
Leaming's Run gardens A lovely little family owned and operated garden, on a historic property. Thomas Leaming built a home for his wife (Hannah, a great grand daughter of of John and Elizabeth Howland of the Mayflower) in 1706. They raised their 7 children there. The house still stands on the property and has been continuously occupied for 309 years, over 200 of them in the Leaming family. The property was bought in the 1970's by the Jack Aprill and his wife who raised their 4 sons in the Thomas Leaming house and slowly turned the heavily wooded land into acres of garden, ponds nature preserve and humming bird haven. The lovely garden is now maintained, almost singlehandedly by Jack"s charming daughter in law, Missy, who discovered years after living and working there, that she is a direct descendent of Thomas and Hannah Leaming!
Very quiet place
There was a sign proudly proclaiming 'one of the ten best gardens in the East' where you pay your $8 fee to enter the garden. Sadly it's not even one of the ten best gardens in New Jersey. We got the sense that this was, in years past, probably a very nice garden to visit. If spending $8 per person to stroll through the woods with clearings here and there and occasional patches of annuals (the begonia garden had 8 plants) then by all means visit. It's not a bad place but there is little to 'wow' factor and a fee of around $4 would be more appropriate. If you are visiting from central or northern New Jersey, visit one of the many wonderful public gardens that can be found in those parts of the state such as Willowood Arboretum, Frelinghuysen Arboretum, the Leonard J. Buck garden or Deep cut Gardens.
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